2014 Year In Review

Remembering the lives of the most notable personalities lost in 2014

Celebrity Deaths in Literature

  • John Bayley, 89 (1925 - 2015)

    John Bayley

    The Associated PressLONDON (AP) — Author John Bayley, known for his moving memoir of life with his late wife Iris Murdoch, has died of a heart ailment. He was 89.His editor Robert Weil said Wednesday that Bayley died Jan. 12 at his home on the Canary Islands.Weil called Bayley "one of the most special human beings I have worked with."Bayley's "Elegy for Iris" chronicled his wife's descent into...

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  • Robert Stone, 77 (1937 - 2015)

    Robert Stone

    By HILLEL ITALIE, The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — Robert Stone, the award-winning novelist who spun out tales worldwide of seekers, frauds and other misbegotten American dreamers in such works as "A Flag for Sunrise" and "Dog Soldiers," died Saturday at age 77.Stone died at his home in Key West, Florida, his literary agent, Neil Olson, told The Associated Press. The cause was chronic...

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  • Tadeusz Konwicki, 88 (1926 - 2015)

    Tadeusz  Konwicki

    The Associated PressWARSAW, Poland (AP) — Tadeusz Konwicki, a prominent Polish writer and filmmaker whose works during the communist era lampooned the authoritarian Soviet-imposed system, has died. He was 88.Konwicki is best known for his novels "A Minor Apocalypse," a satire of life in a totalitarian state, and "The Polish Complex," a polemic on a national historical condition tragically...

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  • Miller Williams, 84 (1930 - 2015)

    Miller Williams

    By ANDREW DeMILLO, The Associated PressLITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas poet Miller Williams, a prolific writer and teacher who read a poem at President Bill Clinton's 1997 inauguration, has died. He was 84.Williams, the father of singer-songwriter Lucinda Williams, died Thursday night at a hospital in Fayetteville of complications from Alzheimer's disease, family friend Linda Sheets said...

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  • Stanislaw Baranczak, 68 (1946 - 2014)

    Stanislaw Baranczak

    By MONIKA SCISLOWSKA, The Associated PressWARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's outstanding poet, translator and dissident and a former Harvard lecturer Stanislaw Baranczak has died at his U.S. home, Poland's leading daily Gazeta Wyborcza said. He was 68.Since the 1990s, Baranczak suffered from Parkinson's disease, which made him quit his Harvard job in 1997 after 16 years there. He died in...

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